No Such Thing as Aspiring Writer

No Such Thing as Aspiring Writer

A lot of us yearn for writing our hearts out. While all we wish doing is to get our feelings across, it feels more rewarding to receive accolades for the simplicity in building that bridge between ours’ and readers’ hearts. And, I know that writing is not easy.

Still, there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

We all enjoy witnessing sunrise and sunset or our occasional trips to sit by the lakeside. That’s easy because we become a part of nature. To register that experience, however, and to write that down for the readers to help them experience the same magic when they are sitting inside the walls of their imagination is complicated and tricky.

I still dare to say that there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

How many times, tell me honestly, ideas strike you when you are in the shower? Does it not happen to you as frequently as it happens to me? So, you know that you don’t write yet you keep thinking. Right? It is such that even when you are not writing—on your laptop or a piece of paper—you are writing. Right? It is such that even when you are not involved in thinking creatively or critically, your mind makes memories by cherry-picking from your thoughts. Right?

That’s why I say that there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

I say that not because I write or blog. I say that because I know that there is more to writing than just writing. We all have stories to tell. We all have experiences to share. We all do something in our lives, every day, that’s worth an inspiration to many. We all are products of the driblets of wisdom that trickle down our ever-contemplating brains.

Now that you begin to see how I see, you will agree that there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

We are our own companions. Writing is a conversation that we have with ourselves. It is that speechless interaction, which decides what we do. During such conversations, we lose ourselves, we find ourselves, we look within, and we look outside. Through such conversations, we don’t merely see, we observe; we don’t merely think, we contemplate. It is writing that brings us back to ourselves.

True that there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

As we have this conversation, you and I, our garden of emotions begins to flourish. We begin to plant new seeds of thoughts. We bring our mental ears closer to our hearts to listen to the beats within. We begin to experience joy and warmth unspeakable. We may even venture walking barefoot through the thorny yet eternal pathway, called life, that eventually leads us to the light. But, most importantly, we begin to happen. We begin to realize.

The truth is, we cannot aspire to become what we already are! Which is why, I believe, there is no such thing as an aspiring writer.

How Technical Writing Makes Me a Better Fiction Writer

I just published this post on Medium. This post brings a new train of thoughts. Thoughts that lead me to think more for and about those who use what I write for. Hopefully, I will learn to write better. Hopefully, I will have something new for you, too.

Let me know how you found this post. Until next time, then! Happy writing.

My Non-Work Time Activities

Last month, on one of our regular visits to a temple, my wife and I met one of her cousins. During our interaction, which mostly concerned our families, we got to know something about each of our job profiles. One of the questions during our conversation was, “What do you do when you are not working Suyog?” That was a good question because I did not have a proper list of activities that I do when I am not working.

So, not exactly a non-work time bucket list, but here’s what I enjoy doing:

Reading

This is one of the must-haves. You can see me lying down on a couch with a book, especially on the weekends. It is so much relaxing to not be governed by the clock. But, unlike a lot of us who do not like reading from their mobile devices, I like reading from my iPad mini or Windows Phone. It’s so much easier to carry those, especially when I’m traveling.

I’ve not written much on what I read, except for this list of must-read books for technical communicators. I don’t have a typical list, but I could come up with some names that I liked reading the most. I am sure you too have a list of your own. If you don’t, get inspired and make one!

Cooking

Yes! It is one of those activities that I love to do when I am not working. I help my mother and wife in the kitchen. And the best part is that we don’t have a list of favorites. We cook what we feel like at that moment. So, cheese and garlic bread, Indian Chaat, fruit shake, milk chocolates, snacks, Khao Phat Che (Thai fried rice)… the list is endless.

Food

Photos of some of the delicious dishes. I wish you could taste those!

Playing

I love to play strategy-based games on my iPad mini. When I am not helping my wife in the kitchen, I am accompanying her (at least I think so) by sitting there, playing games on the iPad. It is fun to talk to her, pretend as if I am listening, and still managing to do what I want to do! I bet she’ll laugh when she reads this!

Photography

There are a lot of those “aspiring photographers” who you see are carrying a DSLR, but apparently not knowing how to completely put those to use! Fortunately (or otherwise), I own only a point-and-shoot, compact camera.

I get to use the camera only during monsoon, but I don’t give up on the occasional chances that I get once in a while. I like macro photography and look forward to the day I get to buy a good-quality DSLR. I know the basics of photography and I think everybody in my family likes to see me cultivate a hobby like that. My current bouquet of photographs is available on Flickr.

Some macro-photography experiments.

Some macro-photography experiments.

Writing (mostly, blogging)

But, that’s not all I do when I am not working. I love to write. And, you’ve seen me write quite often on topics that relate to my profession. I currently am working on a book, and I hope to complete (and publish) it someday. <I have my fingers crossed to that!>

I’m sure that even you do something to spend your non-work time. I would love to see you share something.

Wabi-Sabi and Technical Communication

Wabi-Sabi is the Japanese window of perspective of the acceptance of imperfection. It centres the thought that everything in this world is imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent. And, when everything is made that way, we must strive continuously for perfection, by making it a habit to improve ourselves and everything we do. This post is a call to realize the importance of imperfection in our lives. Imperfection, which I believe is quite perfectly placed as the first step towards perfection.

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Keep Work-Attit…

Keep Work-Attitude. Don’t Keep Working on Attitude.

For all of us, the easiest way to prove that we know a lot of things is to keep our mouth shut. The lesser we talk, the more others think we know. But the trick works only if we really “know”. Likewise, a hoarding attitude will only take other’s perception of us a step further, but only we can sustain that image, by contributing work of that (perceived) quality.

Attitude is good only if you are controlling it (and bad if it is controlling you).

Therefore, to control your attitude, you must know and understand the reason behind it. If you think you WANT it just because you can influence your perceived image, you should avoid projecting it. But, if you NEED it to enhance your own perception of issues, you should begin projecting it.

The following Shloka of the Bhagawat Gita, explains the same principle to us:

Karamanya Vadhikarasthe Maa Phaleshu Kadachana

Maa Karma Phala Hetur Bhurma Te Sanagostvakarmani

Chapter 2, Verse 47

Lord Krishna wants us to understand that only by creating the outer shell of results and perception, one cannot create a success story for himself. One must walk the talk, do what he is supposed to do, gain knowledge and wisdom, create positive, the affirmative energy around him, and continue to flow in that energy.

Success, which is the by-product of that positive energy, will come along, without your thinking about it. But, if you showcase attitude (ditch yourself), you will begin to think about the results, and therefore, will gradually stop working towards the objectives, and perish.

Therefore, stop talking about your work. Instead, let your work talk for you. Such an attitude, as I think, is Karma Yoga.

The Absolute Knowledge of Self Discovery

The absolute knowledge of self-discovery.

Each one of us is born with a vision: To create a better vision for those who will follow us. The pursuit of this vision goes through many milestones. The milestones of righteousness, self-analysis, acceptance, corrections, invention, and acknowledgment.

The journey begins with righteousness. We must first learn to know the difference between the right and the wrong. No one is perfect. Not even god. But, there are ways we can judge what can make us perfect. To be able to judge the difference between the perfect and the imperfect, we must know what to do to steer more towards the perfect. The outcome of the self-assumed task is the right and the wrong. The two flip sides of any self-assumed task, they are mutually dependent. One cannot exist without other. Do more of one in comparison to the other to move more towards perfection. Wrong is not wrong unless we do what is right. Moreover, wrong is just a state. So, that doesn’t mean a person or thing is wrong because that is what it is. Hence, being wrong doesn’t make you wrong; Doing wrong does. Do right.

The next milestone is of self-analysis. More rights and less of wrong do not make one perfect; they just steer one towards perfection. One must assess the actions, constantly, to avoid the recurrence of wrong. That is self-analysis. A constant Chakra (or circle) of calculating behavior. Calculate the actions, depending on the degree of severity of issues to take steps, and move ahead.

The next step is of acceptance. Inside, we are all the same. No one is bad by birth. Remember, for those who behave badly, the bad is their definition of good. But, they still have a definition for good. Accept that. You may not change who they are, but you will certainly change the way you look at them. Perhaps, mere acceptance might bring them to the crossroads of self-analysis. But, it is easier said.

Correction is the next step. We are dependent. Correcting our wrong will bring the change into others behaviors. Their corrections will inspire you to do more right. Get inspired and inspire others; learn with examples and lead by examples.

Invent. Evaluate for yourself. Correct wherever required. Bring good to others; keep doing good. Invent newer ways to bring good. Evolve continually.

Acknowledge. A collective growth brings us to the state of a collective consciousness. The consciousness that the intention of bringing more of good to others isn’t really an invention, but a discovery. It is only then we will come to know that absolute knowledge is no different from the actual one. The absolute knowledge is nothing but the acknowledgment of ourselves. The acknowledgment that we are self-discoverers for all our lives. The discovers who are in the pursuit of the collective perfection.

– Suyogsutra

Weaknesses

Weaknesses are our greatest threats, but to have a threat is by itself the great weakness.

We, all of us, are held, tied-up in strings that we invented ourselves. The strings that aren’t really there. The beads that form the strings are made-up of our “assumed” weaknesses and threats. We assume that they exist just to hold us back from all the glory.

As humans, we must constantly strive towards breaking those beads. We must the acquire knowledge, to free ourselves of the strings that hold us back. An attempt by itself is strong enough break us free from the strings of weaknesses and threats.

Our weaknesses are our biggest enemies. They threaten us to not to perform – to not to attempt breaking free from the strings. The threat of losing; the threat of non-performing; or the threat to our lives – threats are what makes us weak. And as weak, individually or collectively, we cannot bring any change.

Only the knowledge of truth can free us from our threats. The knowledge that nothing is permanent. The threats that weaken us will not really be there tomorrow. The weaknesses, that yesterday held us from bringing the change, will disappear tomorrow. This simple fact that the threats are only temporary removes half of our weaknesses, and hence break us free of the strings.

And once we are free, we must choose a path for us, and reach to the absolute abode of strengths. The abode where we aren’t weak anymore. We aren’t frightened and scared anymore. We are liberated beings. Free.

– Suyogsutra

Attitude

Attitude is a matter of habit for some. Others, are just habitual of their attitude.

I am of an opinion that you can win over any challenging situation, provided you carry the right attitude. And, no challenge is too big for you to win over if you remember the path to the right attitude. That’s your choice; the choice to walk on the thin line of attitude.

Some of us fall prey to our own attitudes; No matter what they do to hide, they cannot adopt good, positive intentions. As I understand, we must first win over ourselves (the world within us), to see the brighter side of challenges (in the world outside).

The choice to walk on the thin line of attitude, which separates winners from losers, meets the line of abilities at willingness. Once you decide you need to win, you will. And, that attitude, is a matter of habit.

Suyogsutra

yad yad ãcarati…

yad yad ãcarati śreşţhas tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramãņaṁ kurute lokas tad anuvartate

Whichever and however a great personality conducts himself common men follow; whatever he accepts as authority that and that alone certainly all the world will follow. Therefore, a leader must preach what he is taught and teach as he preaches.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 3, Verse 21

I didn’t get to say goodbye too!

They say that if it did not end happily, then it wasn’t the end. Perhaps! This post is dedicated to all those who parted ways before greeting the others, wishing them for success and prosperity. But, I’ve some questions that are still unanswered. Read, and let me know what you think.

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